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this is "world news." tonight, yosemite burning. and the new threat this evening. the fierce winds now fueling the fire. as crews fight to protect the ancient sequoias. the homes on the park's edge. and the reservoir where san francisco gets its water. the state of emergency in effect tonight. too little too late. the message from the u.s. to syria this evening. will the white house take action, after new and gruesome images? abc's martha raddatz, standing by. taking on trump. the state attorney general is suing donald trump tonight, after spending over 35 grand to attend trump university. what did they get in return? and the little boy and his bravery. calling 911. >> someone's trying to break into my house. >> what he does, and that calming voice at the other end. >> you're doing good. you're doing real good.
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doing perfect. your mom's going to be so proud of you. good evening and thanks for being here on a sunday night. and we do begin with the new threat this evening. the fierce winds now fueling the fire, burning in yosemite national park. winds expected through the evening and tonight, not only are fire crews trying to keep the flames from reaching thousands of homes, they are batting to protect those famous giant sequoias, the ancient treasures of the park. the fire has not reached them yet, but so many other trees the fire has reached. 133,000 acres, a huge part of the park, already charred. just listen to it tonight. the sound of the bone dry timber going up in flames. and our team, visiting that crucial reservoir in the park, where san francisco gets its water supply. contributing to that state of emergency now in california. and tonight, as 47 fires burn in nine western states, the biggest fight is right there at yosemite and that's where we begin with
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abc's neal karlinsky again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the fight inside yosemite is hot and intense. crews aren't just trying to stop the fire -- they're trying to protect a grove of the park's famed sequoias -- three dozen in all. the huge trees are among the oldest living things on earth, and teams have been assigned just to them. >> i'm from virginia, so the fuel types here are different. and this is definitely dry, so, this is some pretty extreme fire behavior that we're encountering here. >> reporter: more teams are inside the park to protect the area around the massive hetch hetchy reservoir. we saw first hand, the fire is close to the area that supplies 85% of san francisco's water. cause enough for the governor to declare a state of emergency and put public utility crews on alert to monitor the water's quality. >> it's still actively burning as we speak. it has affected our water and power system. >> reporter: on the road outside
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the park, crews are cutting down burned trees they call "widow makers," because they fall without warning. further to the north, the now familiar sight -- more families displaced, evacuating as the fire burns their way. >> 15 minutes to be out of our house. so we only got our kids, our animals and a little bit of pictures. it was hard. >> reporter: elsewhere, air choked with thick smoke and ash is the problem. you can feel it. >> yeah, it's pretty bad. it's pretty bad. i'm all congested. you get the sinus infection and all that stuff. >> reporter: this is what firefighters are working so hard to protect. these pictures were taken inside yosemite on saturday by tourists here from the uk, amazed that the fire is nowhere to be seen inside -- for now. we're hered a the side of yosemite that has been closed off and is now being protected by firefighters. this fire remains very intense, only about 7% contained. it's burning hot, they're having a very hard time getting ahold of this one, david. >> all right, neal karlinsky leading us off. neal, our thanks to you. i want to bring in abc
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meteorologist ginger zee. and as we've been saying here, the major threat tonight, the winds. >> right. and that is going to subside only a little as we get into the start of the work week. i have to show you, david, the real problem is going to be the heat and, of course, the dry conditions. it's going to be even hotter and drier as we start this week in that part of california. >> also, the flooding and the heat you're watching as we turn to another week. >> right. huge headlines coming out. and we've got flash flooding that's happening right now in the southwest. you can see, some pictures, fresh in from near needles, california, where u.s. 95 meets highway 40, i-40, it had to shut down in both ways because of all that rain. greater than a half inch in just 15 minutes. i have to show you, it's not over. and this is a two-day event here. really mostly tonight into early tomorrow, you could get two-plus inches very quickly. and quickly david, i have to tell you, heat in the midwest, it is record-breaking. minneapolis today hit 96. they will stay in the 90s. legitimate heat wave for chicago, st. louis and kansas city. >> all right, tracking it all. ginger zee tonight.
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ginger, thank you. now to the crisis in syria this evening, and to a message from the white house, intended for the president of syria. the white house saying there is very little doubt that it was the syrian regime that used chemical weapons against its own people in recent days. and tonight, more of those new images of the aftermath. believed to be the single deadliest attack so far there in syria. syria says it will allow inspectors. the white house saying that time has passed. and so tonight here, we ask, will america act? what are the options? and if so, how soon? abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, reporting in from the region again tonight. martha? >> reporter: david, it appears tonight that the u.s. is closer to taking military action in syria than ever before, with strong words from u.s. officials today and warships at the ready. navy destroyers and submarines now in the mediterranean sea could launch cruise missiles into syria whenever ordered, targeting syrian regime command and control headquarters, airfields or aircraft that might be used to carry chemical
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weapons. another option -- u.s. fighter jets launching weapons from outside syrian air space. >> the syrians have created this sanctuary, where there are surface to air missiles. >> reporter: images of the suspected chemical attack have outraged the world. men, women and children killed in the most horrific way. president obama says he will not intervene until the attack is verified, but administration officials are tonight saying there is a strong suspicion that the assad regime launched the attack, adding that the rebels do not even have the kind of rockets in which the chemicals were believed to be delivered. today, syria said it would allow u.n. inspectors to visit the site, but american officials say it's too little, too late, and the evidence they would present is likely corrupted. so, how soon could this happen? u.s. officials tell abc news, a response must be timely, done soon enough to prevent another chemical attack. "we are not talking about months."
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>> i think the best that we could hope for is to deter mr. assad from using chemicals against his people again. and worst case, drag us into a larger middle east conflict. >> reporter: david, the administration has also made very clear they do not want to take any kind of action alone. so, there have been urgent meetings with allies here in the region and elsewhere. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. martha, our thanks to you. and now to egypt this evening, where it's been hard to keep track of which leaders are jailed, which ones have been set free. tonight, the first glimpse of former egyptian president hosni mubarak since he was released last week. mubarak arriving by helicopter for a court appearance this sunday. this is now his retrial for the killing of protesters during the arab spring. inside, he sat in a wheelchair in the defendant's cage, wearing dark sunglasses there. last week, we showed you mubarak being freed after the current president, mohamed morsi, was jailed instead. to another case overseas involving american college student amanda knox, who now
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says she will not be attending the second trial in her case in italy. her lawyers have confirmed that she will not got back for the proceedings. knox is being tried again for the murder of her roommate back in 2007. she spent four years in prison for that crime before he conviction was overturned. her lawyers will represent her at the retrial, which begins next month. and to australia tonight, where there is a search under way this evening for a victim after a very rare attack there. a young man vanishing after being attacked by a crocodile in an area where the once endangered crocodile population is now flourishing. and it all played out as onlookers watched horrified by what they saw. here's abc's jeffrey kofman. >> reporter: look. take pictures. but stay out of the water. that is the very clear advice for tourists in this crocodile-infested corner of australia. 24-year-old shawn cole was at a wirth date party in a remote jungle lodge when he and a pal decided to ignore the council and swim in this notorious
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river. as his horrified friends looked on, it was over in an instant. a 16-foot crock snapped his jaws and the young party-goer disappeared. >> one of the guards that work here said, look, i think someone's been taken by a crock. i went, are you joking? >> reporter: there are thousands and thousands in this river. police and wildlife officers rushed to the scene, searching through the night for some sign of the victim. by daybreak, they killed three giant crocks, but found nothing. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. >> jeffrey, thank you. and back here at home tonight, and to a break in the case in texas, after a remarkable 911 call. a brave boy as his home was being robbed, calling for help. and the calming voice at the other end of the line. here tonight, abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: listen closely as 12-year-old deion murdoch dials 911, alone in his texas home.
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>> 911. where is the emergency? hello? >> someone is trying to break into my house. they just broke the window, ma'am. >> they just broke the window? what room are you in? >> i'm in my mother's room right now. please hurry. >> is your house -- i am. stay on the phone with me. >> reporter: the dispatcher tells little deion to go into the closet, doing her best to reassure him along the way. as police say these two young men break into the house. >> i'm going to have to whisper now because i think they're coming in. please hurry. >> they are, they are. >> they're in there. >> they're inside the room now. >> reporter: then, chilling silence for a full minute. >> you there? deion? okay, just stay there. the officers, i think they're going to catch the guy, okay? >> reporter: when police arrived, they said they saw the two men running from the home. the dispatcher keeping the child on the line, with a loving tone. >> so, is the police officer outside the house? >> yeah. but stay inside the closet. because they're trying to find the bad guys, okay? you're doing good. you're doing real good. doing perfect. your mom's going to be so proud of you. >> this is actually the only thing i could think of.
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>> well, you thought well. you thought well. you're a very, very smart young man. you did a good thing. >> reporter: amazing. and during the break-in, deion's mom says she was at the housing authority, looking for a new home. because of the boy's quick thinking and that calm dispatcher, david, the suspects are now behind bars. >> love how she said the mom would be proud. so many proud of the dispatcher, too. >> reporter: that's right. >> thank,s, gio. to washington tonight, the historic civil rights march, 50 years ago, is being remembered. a quarter of a million people flooding the city in 1963, marching for their rights. this weekend, tens of thousands returning to remember martin luther king delivering his "i have a dream" speech. tonight here, we hear from another man who spoke that day, that knew king and who knew president jfk, a president worried about what would play out that day. abc's byron pitts is in washington. >> reporter: the year, 1963. when a 34-year-old negro preacher had the audacity to dream aloud.
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>> we are determined to be free in '63. >> reporter: determined, perhaps, but not fully optimistic. organizers hoped for 100,000. a quarter million showed up. >> dr. martin luther king. >> reporter: and on august 28th, 1963, not a soul had a clue how it might turn out. edith lee paine was 12. she traveled by bus nine hours with her mother to be there on the mall. what did you think of dr. king? >> i held onto every word that he said, just like everyone else that was here. >> reporter: people watched live on television from around the world. both drawn by what might happen at the lincoln memorial. and still reeling from what did on the streets of birmingham weeks earlier. congressman john lewis, back then, the newly appointed chairman of the student nonviolent coordinating committee, was already there. >> when we met with president kennedy, he was so afraid of violence. >> how long can we be patient? >> reporter: like king, lewis
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was one of the march organizers and speakers. >> we want to be free now. >> reporter: at what point, did you recognize it as an historic moment? >> i stepped to the podium. i saw hundreds and hundreds of young people. i said to myself, this is it. >> reporter: and you were still a kid. >> when you have been sitting on a lunch counter stool and someone walk up and spit on you, pour hot water, hot coffee on you, you say you're committed to nonviolence, you have to grow up. >> reporter: old soul, as they say. >> i was an old soul. >> reporter: old souls pushing for a new america. >> i have a dream. >> reporter: it was not left to one man, the final speaker of the day. >> my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> reporter: and it's a dream that still lives on, 50 years later. you still come here often? >> oh, yes. to reflect. to remember.
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>> reporter: remembering his old friend and the day that both made history and changed it. >> our thanks to byron tonight. and abc news will carry president obama's speech, marking the anniversary, live from the lincoln memorial, wednesday afternoon here. and a passing to note tonight, a star of stage, screen and tv has died. julie harris played a 12-year-old in "the member of the wedding" and won five tony awards for her acting on broadway. in hollywood, she starred as the romantic lead against heartthrob james dean in "east of eden" and played the free spirit ed lilime clements on the primetime soap "knots landing." julie harris was 87 years old. and an image to pass along tonight of america's newest treasure. in fact, after a careful examination this sunday, the baby giant panda born at washington's national zoo friday. and today, the all important checkup. zoo keepers say they found the cub to be healthy and vibrant, but they won't know if it's a boy or a girl for another two or three weeks. so stay tuned. there is still much more ahead on "world news" this sunday night.
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recruiting 5,000 people through an elaborate bait and switch. >> we're going to have professors that are absolutely terrific. >> reporter: promising them the chance to become rich, only if they spent up to $35,000 on his exclusive classes and mentoring programs. >> they were fleeced. they were taken. they were convinced by very persuasive motivational speakers and by videos of trump. they different get any secrets. they didn't get any mentorship. they didn't get anything. >> reporter: responding over the weekend, trump tweeted, "lightweight new york state attorney general eric schneiderman is trying to extort me with a civil lawsuit." and directing his followers to a website launched friday, claiming 98% of former students were satisfied with their courses. the trump school did drop the term university as requested by the state in 2010, but trump and other defendants, including the former president of the school, are being sued for $40 million in restation plus potentially tens of millions of dollars in
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but he never knew the song would be put to music. here's abc's susan saulny. >> reporter: the year was 1938. fred remembers first seeing the love of his life at an a&w root beer stand. she was a car hop. the waitress delivering the food. >> she was just the prettiest girl i ever saw. >> reporter: they were married for 73 years. just this april, he lost lorraine. she was 91. not long after, he began writing a song about her. >> after she passed away, i just was sitting in the front room one evening by myself and it just come right to me almost. >> reporter: with his song written, fred then raepds in the newspaper of a contest, looking for the best song, and the winner would have that song produced. so many sent in videos of themselves singing, but fred just sent his words. >> instead of a video, we received a very large manila envelope.
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the letter was just so heartwarming and we said, fred, i said, we're going to record your song. >> reporter: when it was done, they invited him to listen to it for the first time. they gave fred the headphones. >> tell me when you're ready. ♪ >> reporter: missing his love, tonight, fred with a song to remember that face he first saw 75 years ago. ♪ sweet lorraine >> reporter: susan saulny, abc news, new york. ♪ i wish we could do all the good times over again ♪ >> you can hear the whole song at itunes. "gma" in the morning and diane sawyer right back here tonigmor night. sweet lorraine. that one's for you. good night.
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next on abc 7 news at 6:00, a look at what's keeping firefighters from gaining control over a destructive wildfire at yosemite. two children are shot and rushed to the hospital. and a look at the surveillance video that police in the south bay hope can help them catch a killer. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is abc 7 news. a battle for terrain continues in tuolumne county as the wildfire rages for its eighth day. i'm ama daetz. the fire is just 7% contained right now. it's burned through nearly 134,000 acres. it has destroyed four homes and a dozen other structures. it's nearly put san francisco's
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water and electricity supplies in danger. more than 2800 firefighters are having a hard time getting control of the fire because of rough terrain and tall trees which catch fire far above their reach. the weather is making their effort more difficult. leigh glaser shows us why. >> it was really a hot day out there on the fire lines and a gusty winds, reported gusts to 35 miles per hour in the higher terrain there. we're giving you a good sense of that plume of smoke that's being created by these fires. and it's moving as far north as south lake tahoe. they're reporting very poor air quality. current readings, temperatures in the upper 80s. hot out there. humidity at only 17%. very dry. those winds southwest gust to 30-plus miles per hour. tomorrow not a lot of relief here. 90. those winds will pick up as well. there is a chance of some dry lightning as we head into tuesday nit
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